SUPREME REIGN IN STRAIGHT SETS AGAINST JIANGSU ZHONGTIAN STEEL
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, July 11, 2018 – Thailand’s Supreme staged a straight-sets win (25-20, 25-22, 25-11) against China’s Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel in Group A of the SMM 2018 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship.
Ajcharaporn Kongyot registered a total of 17 points (15 attacks, two service aces) while Thinkaow Pleumjit added 15 more points for the Thai club’s victory on Wednesday at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.
Kongyot said “I am happy we are able to win today’s game against the Chinese club team”
In the first set, Supreme mainly operated their offense from the middle, with Taylor Sandbothe and Pleumjit delivering the attack points. Kongyot annexed the Thai club’s scoring with firepower from the flank. China’s Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel showed they could play along their opponents, as Wenjin Yang delivered the points. However, the Thai club played more cohesively as a team, making good decisions in transitions and rallies to take them to a 25-20 win in the opener.
In the next set, Supreme led most of the way, with setter Tomkom Nootsara running the plays at the middle with much precision. Fatou Diouck also connected from the flank with her swift swings. Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel slowly built their tempo around the attacks of captain Ruoya Xu and Xinyi Zhou. The Chinese club likewise managed to organize their block formation better, but they still needed a more solid second line of defense. A service ace from Yang, which landed right upon the end line, gave the Chinese club the lead at 19-18. Supreme quickly retaliated and set up Kongyot from the flank and from the pipe, to help win the second set at 25-22.
By the third set, Supreme surged into a huge advantage as they enforced pressure in their serve. They also continued to utilize their middle attack, as their opponents were still unable to respond to Pleumjit’s quick kills. The Thai side went on to pressure their opponents with solid plays, all the way to a 25-11 triumph in the third set.
Supreme will face Japan’s NEC Red Rockets in their next match in Thursday, July 12, at 15:00 local time.
Kongyot added “Japan is always a good defensive team so we have to attack more strongly and decisively. It will be difficult to sustain rallies with them because they may have the advantage. We also have to lessen our errors so we can play a good match against them.”
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